|Offense||2nd||93.2 (24th)||310.6 (1st)|
|Defense||31st||129.4 (28th)||284.0 (30th)|
|88||Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|42||Anderson, James (FA)||OLB||6-2||235||9/26/1983||11||Virginia Tech|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||4||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|Ballard, Vick||RB||5-10||224||7/16/1990||4||Mississippi State|
|Bell, Vonn||FS||5-11||199||12/12/1994||R||Ohio State|
|Bell, Reggie||WR||5-11||201||5/6/1992||1||California-San Diego|
|40||Breaux, Delvin||CB||6-1||196||10/25/1989||2||Louisiana State|
|Brown, Austin||NT||6-2||295||9/14/1991||2||Miami (Ohio)|
|38||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||5||Appalachian State|
|Carter, Tony||DB||5-9||175||5/24/1986||7||Florida State|
|12||Colston, Marques (FA)||WR||6-4||225||6/5/1983||11||Hofstra|
|10||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||3||Oregon State|
|Darby, Alden||DB||5-10||192||6/22/1992||1||Arizona State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/23/1992||2||Fresno State|
|20||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||3||Northwest Missouri State|
|Dixon, Brandon||DB||5-11||203||4/26/1990||2||Northwest Missouri State|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||DE||6-2||253||8/17/1989||3||Boston College|
|71||Eulls, Kaleb||DT||6-3||285||6/28/1991||2||Mississippi State|
|3||Flynn, Matt (FA)||QB||6-2||225||6/20/1985||9||Louisiana State|
|18||Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|58||Gwacham, Obum||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||2||Oregon State|
|Harris, Erik||DB||6-3||225||4/2/1990||R||California (PA)|
|Harris, R.J.||WR||6-0||194||6/3/1992||1||New Hampshire|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||4||Idaho State|
|76||Hills, Tony (FA)||T||6-5||304||11/4/1984||8||Texas|
|48||Hunter, Kendall (FA)||RB||5-7||199||9/16/1988||5||Oklahoma State|
|Laurinaitis, James||LB||6-2||248||12/3/1986||8||Ohio State|
|68||Lelito, Tim||G||6-4||315||7/21/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|62||Lemon, Cyril||G||6-3||315||1/8/1993||1||North Texas|
|21||Lewis, Keenan||CB||6-1||208||5/17/1986||8||Oregon State|
|74||Mabry, Ashaad||DL||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|56||Mauti, Michael||OLB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||4||Penn State|
|7||McCown, Luke||QB||6-4||217||7/12/1981||13||Louisiana Tech|
|77||McGlynn, Mike (FA)||T||6-4||325||3/8/1985||8||Pittsburgh|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||8||Southern Methodist|
|Neal, Griffin||QB||6-4||220||//||R||Concordia (Minn.)|
|Onyemata, David||DT||6-4||300||//||R||Manitoba (Canada)|
|30||Owens, Chris (FA)||DB||5-9||180||12/1/1986||8||San Jose State|
|Robertson, Craig||LB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||5||North Texas|
|Scobee, Josh||K||6-1||200||6/23/1982||12||Louisiana Tech|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||2||Ball State|
|Stupar, Nate||LB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||3||Penn State|
|Tabb, Jack||TE||6-3||250||7/29/1992||2||North Carolina|
|Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||209||8/16/1994||R||Ohio State|
|Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||209||8/16/1994||R||Ohio State|
|96||Virgil, Lawrence||DT||6-5||290||1/20/1991||2||Valdosta State|
|93||Williams, Kevin (FA)||DT||6-5||311||8/16/1980||14||Oklahoma State|
|36||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||2||Florida State|
|24||Wilson, Kyle (FA)||DB||5-10||190||9/8/1987||7||Boise State|
|Witzmann, Bryan||T||6-7||311||6/16/1990||2||South Dakota State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
While Richardson rotated playing time with another rookie, Tyler Davison, he was on the field for 38 of the Saints' 61 defensive snaps (62 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made two tackles for a loss.
If Richardson can continue to hold down the starting gig, he could make an impact in deeper individual defensive player leagues.
Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"
Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.
Cooks entered Sunday's game posting 100-yard performances in three of his prior four games, the exception being another sub-30-yard dud. The young receiver swayed back and forth between brilliant performances and head-scratchers in 2015, tallying as many games under 40 yards receiving, four, as games with over 100 yards. Cooks still managed to give fantasy owners plenty to get excited about as the season progressed, however, accumulating eight touchdowns in the season's final nine games after scoring just once in the Saints' first seven contests. Sean Payton and Drew Brees' futures hang in the balance this off season, but Cooks should be the focal point of the offense next year no matter who is running the show.
Ballard was placed on injured reserve for a third straight year, but he'll now have the opportunity to look for a new employer. He may draw a bit of interest once healthy, but Ballard is unlikely to make much of an impact this season.
Jordan carried a lingering back injury through most of last season, causing him to miss practice time over the course of the campaign. Still, the Pro Bowler managed to post 10 sacks in 2015, and is averaging exactly that many over his last three seasons. Despite his recent operation, Jordan is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury.
All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season.
Hunter came down with an unknown injury in Thursday's practice, which was serious enough to impact his Week 17 availability. Instead, the Saints will trust in Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet to head the backfield in Sunday's season finale at Atlanta.
Stupar signed a three-year deal with the Saints after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. Last year with the Falcons was the best campaign of Stupar's career, as he totaled 40 tackles and two passes defensed, and played a career high 24.5 percent of defensive snaps and 77.7 percent of special teams snaps. With the Saints he'll likely be a backup, behind James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony, and not relevant in any format.
Lasco is an interesting name in dynasty formats after torching the Combine, but he generally doesn't have the appearance of much more than a third-down sort of running back in the NFL. Even if he's more quick than fast, Lasco is a player to watch in training camp, as the Saints depth chart behind Mark Ingram is unsettled.
The Saints traded up with the Patriots to target Bell, so he must have been a coveted target. It's a slightly strange pick to make with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd already present, but perhaps the durability issues of the latter forced the Saints to pursue better depth. Bell made 65 tackles and intercepted two passes for Ohio State in 2015.
Picks that have signed are:
Fourth-round guard Terry Poole, fourth-round guard Mark Glowinski, sixth-round defensive end Obum Gwacham, fifth-round cornerback Tye Smith, sixth-round center Kristjan Sokoli and seventh-round safety Ryan Murphy.
A passing-down specialist, Cadet was released by the Patriots and 49ers during the 2015 season, eventually landing back in New Orleans where he spent the first three seasons of his career. He may compete for a third-down role, but he's unlikely to be a featured part of the Saints offense.
Prior to November, Hightower hadn't played in a competitive football game since 2011. After the kind of production he put together to close the season, there may be plenty more games in his future. Hightower averaged 114 total yards and a touchdown during the season's final four games for a Saints backfield riddled by injuries. Hightower will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season, but his ability to pound the line of scrimmage and catch the ball out of the backfield should be good enough to earn him a supporting role next season.
“We got to sit down in a room with him and Eli and just talk football, how they prepare for the game, what they’re looking for in defenses. So that was something I learned from, just to kind of be around him and see how he approaches everything, that meant a ton,” Grayson said, per ESPN.com. “You always hear about what a perfectionist he is, how seriously he takes every single drill. So to get to meet him and be around him and see that in person, I kind of learned from that and took that back.
“Looking back on my senior year, that’s another thing why I had so much success, because I wasn’t taking things like even a simple three-step drop for [granted]. I was serious with everything I did. So I’m definitely thankful for that opportunity.”
Remarkably, the interception was Byrd's first in two injury-plagued seasons in New Orleans. Byrd has also recently picked up his game in other areas, making a combined 22 tackles (15 solo) in his last three games. Keep in mind that strong safety Kenny Vaccaro primarily plays near the line of scrimmage, while Byrd plays much deeper at free safety, but Byrd is slowly becoming an option in deeper IDP leagues.
Williams, a six-time Pro Bowler, signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He's played in 187 games over the last 12 years, and started eight games last season while recording 30 tackles and three sacks.
Spears caught 56 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at New Hampshire last year.
Brees' contract is not set to expire until 2017, but an extension would permit the team to lower his huge salary cap number and presumably allow the Saints to be more active in free agency. Further reading between the lines, the fact that there has been no recent mention of the torn plantar fascia he suffered at the end of last season is likely a good sign for Brees' offseason prognosis. As such, there is little reason to believe that Brees will not be healthy and ready for action when official offseason training activities begin later this spring.
2015 was an unmitigated disaster for Spiller, as he failed to meet fantasy owners' high expectations after signing with the Saints this offseason. Rather than serving as the Saints' backfield pass-catching option, a la Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles, Spiller missed nearly all of training camp following arthroscopic knee surgery and struggled to earn playing time after he returned to health. Spiller is still under contract for another three years, but with Mark Ingram emerging as a receiver and Tim Hightower exploding back onto the NFL scene, not to mention the possible return of Khiry Robinson, Spiller will likely enter a crowded Saints' backfield in 2016.
Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.
Prior to the draft, Coleman was presumed to be the front-runner for the Saints No. 3 wide receiver job, but the addition of Thomas casts some doubt on that notion. Although not quite the same size as Coleman - to be fair, at 6'6, not many are - Thomas is likewise a big target at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. With Marques Colston no longer in New Orleans, Coleman and Thomas will likely duke it out during the preseason for playing time behind Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
His season highlight came against the Raiders when he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Hill signed a three-year offer sheet with the Bears earlier this week, but will remain in New Orleans now that the Saints have matched that deal. Entering his fourth season, Hill recorded a career-best 16 catches (on 30 targets) for 120 yards and two touchdowns last season, but his role will likely remain somewhat restricted given the presence of fellow tight ends Coby Fleener and Michael Hoomanawanui this season.
Fairley also visited the Patriots as a free agent, but apparently has decided to play for the Saints this coming season. In a situational role last year, Fairley managed only 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Rams, but should enjoy a more expanded snap count with the Saints given their interior defensive line needs.
Johnson has jumped between the Saints' 53-man roster and practice squad over the past three seasons, but in 17 appearances between 2014 and 2015, he totaled 12 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 45 yards. At the outset of the offseason, he'll be measuring himself against fellow fullback Toben Opurum.
"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.
"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."
Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said.
Robertson registered at least 85 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons, but managed just 59 last season due to playing only 12 games. Nonetheless, he represents an experienced linebacker that should add dependability to the Saints' linebacking corp going forward.
"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."
Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker. He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.
Anthony ranked 20th in the NFL with 112 tackles in 2016, but the Saints made it a priority this offseason to bring in an experienced "quarterback of the defense" type like Laurinaitis, who is expected to be the Saints' starting middle linebacker. If Laurinaitis is indeed named the starter, Anthony's fantasy value would potentially take a significant hit, though it is still unclear whether the Saints plan to use use Laurinaitis on an every-down basis or if Anthony could move to the strongside linebacker position. Further, it's also possible that the Saints could switch back to a 3-4 defensive alignment, which would permit both Anthony and Laurinaitis to both start at middle linebacker. Regardless, in the short term, Anthony's once-dependable IDP value is on much shakier footing.
Hoomanawanui landed in New Orleans via a trade with the Patriots in late September, but the box score was barely impacted, aside from the occasional touchdown, over the Saints' final 12 games. In the end, he notched 11 receptions (on 16 targets) for 76 yards and three TDs, a stat line that could be elevated next season depending on the respective free agencies of tight ends Ben Watson and Josh Hill.
Sanford started 41 games for the Vikings from 2011 to 2013, but he's mostly just been a backup and special teams contributor with New Orleans the past two seasons. He may have to compete for a spot on the roster, as Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro are locked in as the starting safeties.
Ingram parlayed a career-high 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 into a four-year contract last March. On pace to break those marks this past season, he played through a shoulder concern in Weeks 12 and 13, before the Saints discovered that a torn left rotator cuff was to blame. Surgery was quickly ordered up, ending his season with 769 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He further expanded his game, though, with career bests in receptions (50) and receiving yards (405). Following the adjustment to his contract, a portion has been tabbed as a signing bonus, with the remaining to be spread across the years left on the deal.
With Kai Forbath, who finished the 2015 season as the Saints' kicker, set to become an unrestricted free agent later this week, Scobee will be the only kicker under contract with the team. That said, the report suggests that the Saints plan to bring in some competition for Scobee, so he's hardly a lock to secure the team's kicking job for 2016.
Owens was most recently with the Lions, where he was eventually placed on IR only to be released in late-October. The defense back most recently saw playing time with the Chiefs in 2014, where he accumulated 33 combined tackles over 11 games.
The Saints' backfield has taken hits in quick session over the last week, with Murphy joining Mark Ingram (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (leg) on injured reserve. While Murphy had just one carry in his rookie season, he served as the Saints' primary returner, racking up 25.0 yards per kickoff return and 9.3 yards per punt return. In his stead, C.J. Spiller will likely take on a portion of those duties.
Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year.
Laurinaitis recorded at least 100 tackles in three of his first four seasons, but he hasn't managed above 85 since 2013, and he set a career low with 60 tackles in 16 starts in 2015 for the Rams. He's not the dynamic linebacker he was when he came into the league, but the Saints have been weak at the position in recent years and Laurinaitis will likely get a chance to start.
Snead entered Sunday posting 70 or more yards in five of his previous seven games, but ended the season on a low note. The young receiver found ways of picking up yards in chunks this season, ranking 22nd in the league with 15 receptions of 20 or more yards despite tallying the fourth fewest receptions of anyone in the top 25. Snead finished the year with a solid 984 yards, but will need to score more to become a more dependable fantasy starter. Snead sported scoreless streaks of seven and five games this season.
The NFL normally doesn't have much appreciation for 6-foot-1 defensive tackles under 300 pounds, but Rankins is an exception. Rankins was one of the top defenders on a tough Louisville defense the last two years, and he showed rare lower-body explosiveness with excellent vertical (34.5-inch) and broad jump (118-inch) numbers. The Saints should get good returns from Rankins both in run defense and the pass rush, with Rankins ideally turning into a Geno Atkins-like presence.
Vaccaro has been a steady presence in the Saints' secondary since he was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but after hovering around the 75-tackle mark in both of his first two seasons, he joined 11 other defensive backs with triple-digit stops in 2015. He augmented his elevated tackle count with a career-high three sacks, while also contributing to the turnover game exactly twice for the third time in as many campaigns. Under the guidelines of the NFL's CBA, his salary in 2017 will be the average of the third through 25th highest-paid safeties, according to Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
McCown was pressed into action in Week 3 due to an absent Drew Brees (foot), touching up the Panthers for 310 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. Thereafter, McCown completed his only other pass of the year before requiring season-ending back surgery in early November. With a deal in hand, the 35-year-old will continue to serve as insurance for Brees, who is two years McCown's senior.
Fleener, who caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three TDs with the Colts in 2015, will now have a chance to work in coach Sean Payton's offense, with Drew Brees at quarterback, a scenario that should boost the tight end's fantasy prospects in 2016.
Meanwhile, rookie Garrett Grayson is listed as inactive, meaning that Flynn is now locked in as the top backup behind Drew Brees.
The move was expected, though as long as Colston can re-establish his health this offseason, he'll look to catch on elsewhere with a team looking to add some veteran depth at wideout. He's coming off his least productive NFL season, having caught just 45 passes for 520 yards and four TDs in 13 games in 2015, but in the right landing spot, we suppose that Colston -- who turns 33 in June -- could attain a level of fantasy utility in 2016.
The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.
Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).
Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 contract with the Dolphins in 2013, then was traded to the Saints in March 2015. He's mostly been effective when healthy, but with just seven games played over the last two seasons, it was inevitable that he'd either accept a pay cut or be released. The Saints presumably have him penciled in as a starter for 2016.
Lewis was placed on season-ending injured reserve recently due to hip and knee complications, and had surgery on his hip labrum Monday to correct that ailment. The veteran will now aim to get healthy ahead of next season, while the Saints' porous defense tries to at least finish this season respectfully.
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